Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins sat his top line — David Perron, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — for a good chunk of the third period. The trio had a tough game, with all three finishing -3 on the night.
“They weren’t doing anything. That line, along with a couple of other forwards — Ebs plays on that line every once in awhile — we’re not a deep enough team to have the luxury of them having an off night. They can’t ever have an off night.”
Eakins did say that he liked the way the trio handled the adversity while they were being sat.
“They weren’t very good early and it got to a point where it was time for them to sit and watch. I will say this, I did like the way they handled it. They were still upbeat on the bench, they were encouraging their teammates. They weren’t sitting there sulking. That was encouraging to me but they can’t play like that. We need them every night for us to be in the game.”
The top line was out there for the opening draw in the third period.
“I talked to the line in between periods and told them what my concerns were, I expressed how important they are to our team success. And it was time to get them back out there.”